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  • Monument Name

    1776 Militia Rifleman, Waynesville

  • Type


  • Subjects

    Revolutionary War, 1775-1783

  • Creator

    Earl Lanning, Sculptor

    Laran Bronze, Chester, Pennsylvania, Foundry

    Tim Burress, Unspecified

  • City


  • County


  • Description

    The slightly larger than life-size statue stands on a rock pedestal. It depicts a frontiersman in traditional dress, with a small clutch and powder horn slung across his shoulder and a large buck knife at the waist. The head is slightly raised and turned to his left as if looking off toward the horizon. In his right hand is a Kentucky flintlock rifle.

  • Custodian

    Haywood County

  • Dedication Date

    July 4, 2019

  • Decade


  • Geographic Coordinates

    35.492510 , -82.987140 View in Geobrowsemap pin

  • Supporting Sources

      Hodge, Rex. “Revolutionary War Militiaman Statue Dedicated in Waynesville,” (Asheville, NC), July 4, 2019, (accessed September 20, 2020 Link

      Vaillancourt, Cory. ”Haywood County to Welcome Revolutionary War Monument,” Smoky Mountain News (Waynesville, NC), June 12, 2020,, (accessed September 20, 2020) Link

      “1776 Militia Rifleman,” Waynesville Public Art Commission,, (accessed September 20, 2020) Link

  • Public Site


  • Materials & Techniques

    Bronze, stone

  • Sponsors

    Earl Lanning

  • Monument Dedication and Unveiling

    The dedication ceremony took place in front of the Historic Haywood County Courthouse on Thursday, July 4,2019, at 2 p.m. The Downtown Waynesville Association held its Stars & Stripes Celebration that day from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m.

  • Location

    The statue is located near the Haywood County Courthouse at 215 N. Main Street, Waynesville, NC.
    Also located nearby are the Haywood County All Veterans Memorial, the Haywood County Korean War Memorial, the Memorial Tablet to Revolutionary Soldiers, the Haywood County Confederate Monument, and the Haywood County Vietnam Memorial.

  • Landscape

    The statue stands on the landscaped grounds of the Old Haywood County Court House.

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